Energy poverty: poor or wasteful?
If the region wants to pursue energy transition the issue of energy affordability needs to be carefully addressed. Energy poverty is widespread in the region. The fact that biomass generated energy is the most important source of heatingfor the households, but also of the extreme levels of the air pollution (PM) in the Western Balkans is essential to address in the policy design
processes. Network energy share is the share of electricity, natural gas and district heating in
household consumption. The mechanisms to cope with energy poverty developed in the EU such as support to energy vulnerable customers with a view to households that rely entirely on network energy, which is not the case in this region. 2017 IEA data.